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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Make the Move From RN to BSN

The knowledge you have as a nurse can make a big impact on patients, families, and health care organizations. Our online RN-to-BSN degree program is CCNE accredited* and can help you build on what you already know while preparing you to meet the need for bachelor’s-prepared nurses. Discover new ways to expand your career, and gain insight into the issues that impact patients and influence care delivery. Plus, you can learn to utilize evidence-based practice for improved outcomes in a variety of settings, and build on your knowledge and skills to ensure patient care continues to improve.

*The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

What to Expect

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 1–14 General Education Courses 
  • 10 Core Courses 
  • 1–10 Elective Courses 
  • 1 Capstone 

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

What You’ll Learn

Effectively Assess Patients

Conduct comprehensive health assessments on individuals, families, and communities.

Support Improved Patient Outcomes

Incorporate concepts of patient safety, informatics, and quality improvement to help improve patient outcomes.

Use Evidence-Based Practices

To manage patient care, use evidence-based practice to help improve care and patient outcomes.

Collaborate Effectively

Collaborate with other members of the health care team to help ensure quality patient outcomes. 

Apply Your Professional Skills

Understand how organizational behavior, systems (micro and macro), and nursing theory apply to your practice. 

Promote Healthier Living

Apply health promotion principles to improve individual, family, and community outcomes.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Real-World Learning

Practice your newly learned nursing knowledge within our safe, simulated virtual health care environment called River Bend City. 

You Could Save Time & Money

Credits from prior learning, combined with transfer credits, may be applied for up to 75% of your program requirements.

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$336 per 1000-2000 level credit $360 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$3,000 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren't need-based and never have to be repaid.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Low-Cost Gen Ed Courses

Our learning partner, Sophia Learning, offers self-paced, online options for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements for only $329 per course.

Student Success Story

“One hundred percent of what I learned, I use all the time. I was able to use relevant information from coursework to make me a better nurse for the VA.”

Denise Stearley
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fast track your progress. You could be eligible for our RN-to-BSN/MSN combined program option. Through shared master’s courses, you can finish your BSN and work toward your MSN at the same time.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Sample Courses

The curriculum for our online RN-to-BSN degree helps you keep pace with your responsibilities—even as they change. You’ll study evidence-based practice, patient safety, informatics, quality improvement, and more.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
BSN4002 Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration
BSN4008 Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes
BSN4010 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations
BSN4012 Nursing Leadership and Management
BSN4017 Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals.

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Early in My Nursing Career

Stay current. Collaborate. Get involved. Check out these top 10 tips for nurses at the start of their career. 

The Advantages for Your Nursing Career

 Explore the advantages of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  

A Fast Track to the BSN

Three graduates of the RN-to-BSN program via FlexPath share their stories.  

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online BSN degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Registered nurse
  • Clinical practice nurse
  • Home health nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Industrial health nurse
  • Case management nurse
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN) instructor
  • School nurse

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Medical clinic
  • Assisted living facility
  • Long-term care facility
  • Nursing home
  • Home health agency
  • Public health clinic
  • School (P–12)
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Insurance company
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Community college
  • Vocational college

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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Ready for the Next Step?

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